[Atrial ablation]

Author: Darek (---.globalcrossing.com)

Date: 01-02-03 13:08

Hey all! Happy New Year! Around this February I believe I will be having an atrial ablation which should prevent me from going into a-fib if successfull. In the past few years I used to play baseball, hockey, etc (on a recreational scale) and would sometimes go into a-fib. Then I would be taken to a hospital where I would convert to a normal sinus rhythmm on my own usually. The older I got the more this happened until the point where I quit playing all sports and pretty much any exercising at all. There is a chance that this procedure would allow me to be more active in that respect and was wondering if anyone has had a similar instance out there that could tell me how they faired after the ablation.

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[Re: Atrial ablation]

Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

Date: 01-02-03 15:27

Dear Darek,

I don't want to rain on your parade, but it is my understanding that afib ablations are not done on people with underlying heart conditions (eg HCM) because they don't have the same cause of afib as those who just have afib but a normally shaped and normally muscled heart.

I highly recommend that you see an HCM specialist to confirm this and examine all of your anti-afib options. If you call the office at 973-983-7429, we can hook you up with an electrophysiologist who knows what is what between ablations and HCM.

(FYI: this is NOT an alcohol septal ablation, this is a Radio Frequency ablation or a Pulmonary Vein Ablation we are talking about here ---two totally different animals designed to do totally different things.)

Darek, I'm in afib myself and have been seen by the Mayo Clinic and not once did they ever offer me an ablation of this kind. They did offer me other choices, some of which worked, some didn't. Some worked for a while and then stopped. I'm now pursuing holistic methods of afib control.

Take care and keep your chin up,

S

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[Re: Atrial ablation]

Author: Steve (---.proxy.aol.com)

Date: 01-02-03 15:50

Darek,

I have Apical HCM and A-fib. I tried many drugs, which the side effects were hard on me, an did get second opinions from great EP doctors. What I had done to me was an AV-noid ablation for the A-fib. Which required a duel chamber pacemaker to be installed. Mine was a quality of life issue. The A-fib kept me home and bedridden much of the time. The choice was mine to go ahead and hope for relief. I'm glad I did it. It has helped my quality of life. I still can't do all the things I would like to, but I'm much better than was. A person really has to weigh all the options and possible effects and pray for the best!!

Best of luck to you, and check everthing out. There are constantly new choices and inprovents being made.

Steve

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[Re: Atrial ablation]

Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

Date: 01-02-03 16:51

Steve...my father also had an AV Ablation and is now pacer dependent...it really improved his quality of life...and stop the monthly cardioversions!

I am not sure what procedure Darek is refering to...howeverI agree with Sarah I tink an opinion from an HCM specialist would be a good idea.

All the Best.

Lisa

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[Re: Atrial ablation]

Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

Date: 01-02-03 17:38

D, L, S,

Darek is _probably_ referring to a PVA or RFA (I defined above) alone --without the pacemaker. However, I could be wrong.

Yes, Darek, an AV node ablation with a pacemaker installation would be the one "ablation" option you have.

Let us know which it is.

S

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[Re: Atrial ablation]

Author: faith (---.214.69.32.Dial1.Boston1.Level3.net)

Date: 01-03-03 03:22

Dear Darek,

I had a radiofrequency ablation and icd installed and neither allowed me to exercise any more strenuously than I had been. That's my story.

Faith